American Indian Ancestry In Granger Family
Some of the first comments about Indian ancestry was mentioned by Bill Sikora in his letter and family history booklet. Jeanne Parks and Leonard Granger have also noticed Indian traits in their family and children.
Jeanne Parks writes:
My grandfather was full Mohawk, and I have found that Native Americans in the
1900s were not eager to make their heritage officially known. My
grandfather, for example, told people he was Italian so he could get a job in Rochester.
On the census, marriage license, and other official papers he listed himself
as white. I think you will find very little assistance in official records.
If you have a maiden name, one possible resource is the three-volume set of
books by Toni Jolly Prevost, Indians from New York. It might show a
reservation in NY where families of that name lived.
Sometimes there was a lot of moving back and forth between NY and Canada.
Iroquois, for example, do not recognize the Canadian-American border because
their people were in those lands before the border existed. Many people from
reserves around Montreal - Kahnawake and others - came to NY city to work in the
1920s and 30s. There are other reserves in Ontario, Six Nations in Brantford
and Tyendinaga in Bay of Quinte that I'm familiar with, and I'm sure there
are more. The Archives of Canada online can be very helpful if you search under
First Nations or Native American, since Canada maintained the reserve system
under Indian agents into the mid-20th century, and there are mountains of
documents and reports from the Indian agents to their government superiors.
Wesley Chapel FL
The Abial Granger line from John Martin Granger, is documented by pictures of Indian ancestors found in a Granger Picture Album dating to late 1800's.